I AM PROUD TO BE A NATIONALISTIC HINDU - FOR ME MY NATION IS MY MOTHER-
Tvameva Mata Ca Pita Tvameva
To prove my point as an analogue, running parallel to the high sounding ritualistic practices, I request you to understand the basic Pooja (prayer) method we offer Him daily.
To start with, we light an oil lamp. Lamp gives light. Knowledge is light.
While lighting the lamp, we say " May this light give me all the good and pleasantness, health, wealth and destroy the inimical forces. Oh! Light, I bow to you!"
Aagamardhantu Devanam Gamanaardhantu raakshasam
Kuru Ghantaravam Tatra Devatahvaana Lanchanm!
Yes! Gurus tell us the Ghaantanadam (ringing bell) is to bring back our wavering mind to the God's presence. It is right. But as a way of life consider this.
During night time a Gurkha roaming your streets makes sounds with a stick. Is it not to scare away the criminals (asuras) and create a confidence in the people sleeping or coming homes late? Likewise a police horn. It gives you confidence to walk freely without fear of criminals. So, God, our day's Guest is being invited with an assurance that we have kept the surroundings of our humble home away from the Rakshasas. "Oh! Aagamaardhantu, Come! Oh! Asuras leave my precincts!" So, do we invite the Gods. (Cant God protect himself? He can. But as a host we feel it a duty to assure Him. Is it not?)
After ringing the bell for few seconds, we recite this Sloka.
Guru Stotram: Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu Gurudevo Maheshwara - in sanskrit with meaning - Stotra on Sri Gurudeva
- from Vishwasara Tantram (also many slokas are found in Guru Gita)
श्री गुरुस्तोत्रम्: गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णुर्गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः
Sri Guru Stotram: Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu Gurudevo Maheshwara
Gurur-Brahmaa Gurur-Vissnnur-Gururdevo Maheshvarah |
Gurure[-I]va Param Brahma Tasmai Shrii-Gurave Namah ||1||
1.1: The Guru is Brahma, the Guru is Vishnu, the Guru Deva is Maheswara (Shiva),
1.2: The Guru is Verily the Para-Brahman (Supreme Brahman); Salutations to that Guru.
Then we pray to the Lord of Obstacles, Vighnadhipathi.
शुक्लाम्बरधरं विष्णुं शशिवर्णं चतुर्भुजम्
Shuklambaradharam Vishnum Shashivarnnam Caturbhujam
Shukla-Ambara-Dharam Vissnnum Shashi-Varnnam Catur-Bhujam |
Prasanna-Vadanam Dhyaayet Sarva-Vighno[a-U]pashaantaye ||
1: (We Meditate on Sri Vishnu) Who is Wearing White Clothes, Who is All-Pervading, Who is Bright in Appearance like the Moon and Who is Having Four Hands,
2: Who is Having a Compassionate and Gracious Face, Let us Meditate on Him To Ward of all Obstacles.
Which human being, to whichever faith he belongs, does want obstacles in the way of performing his duties? None, what so ever. As Hindu Faith is a way of life, we follow this whereas others are either shy of or their high priests do want to impose their hegemony on others by not allowing freedom to their followers to pray for what they need. Is there any other explanation for not praying the Almighty to help ward off obstacles?
Then we purify our hearts and souls with the following Sloka.
om apavitrah pavitro vā
sarvāvasthāṁ gato api vā
yaḥ smaret puṇḍarīkākṣaṁ
sa bahya abhyantaraṁ śuciḥ
śrī viṣṇu śrī viṣṇu śrī viṣṇu
- Keshavaya Namaha - Thumb to touch the right cheek
- Narayanaya Namaha - Thumb, left cheek
- Madhavaya Namaha - Ring finger, right eye
- Govindaya Namaha - Ring finger, left eye
- Vishnave Namaha - Index finger, left side of the nose
- Madhusudhanaya Namaha - Index finger, right side of the nose
- Trivikramaya Namaha - little finger, right ear
- Vamanaya Namaha - little finger, left ear
- Shridharaya Namaha - third (middle) finger, right shoulder
- Hrishikeshaya Namaha - third finger, left shoulder
- Padmanabhaya Namaha - four fingers (hand with thumb folded inwards), navel
- Damodaraya Namaha - four fingers, head.
- Sankarshanaya namaha
- Vasudevaya namaha
- Pradyumnaya namaha
- Anirudhaya namaha
- Purushothamaya namaha
- Adhokshajaya namaha
- Narasimhaya namaha
- Achyutaya namaha
- Janardanaya namaha
- Upendraya namaha
- Hariye namaha
- Sri krishnaya namaha
- Immediately after waking up in the morning
- After urination and other forms of excretion
- After brushing one's teeth
- Before and after a bath
- After wearing clothes
- Before and after a meal
- Before and after giving or accepting alms or donation
- After sneezing, shedding tears or blood
- Upon association or contact with ritually "impure" substances such as blood, semen, human hair, fire, cattle, cats, mice, refuse, etc.
- After sexual contact with women.
Then we do a Kalasha Pooja. This is necessary as water is the essence of life. We purify the water with a Mantra and invoke the various rivers that are the life line of our economy. Who said "Hinduism is for the upper echelons of Society" We invoke the rivers daily as a prayer to them to flow 365 days a year and provide irrigation and food to the populace. The Mantra is as follows
अथ कलश पूजा
कलशस्य मुखे विष्णु,कण्ठे रुद्र समाश्रितः |
मूले तत्र स्थितो ब्राह्मो मध्ये मात्रुगनास्म्रुतः ||
कुक्षौ तु सागरास्सर्वे सप्त द्विपा वसुन्धरा |
ऋग्वेदोऽपि यजुर्वेद: सामवेदो ह्यथवर्णः ||
अन्गैश्चसहिता सर्वे कलशाम्बुसमाश्रिताः |
अत्र गायत्री सावित्री शान्तिः पुष्टिकरी तथा ||
आयान्तु देव पूजार्थं दुरितक्षयकारकाः |
सर्वे समुद्राः सारिताः तीर्थानि जलदानदाः ||
गङ्गेच यमुने चैव गोदावरी सरस्वती |
नर्मदे सिन्धु कावेरी जलेय्स्मिन्सिन्सन्निधिंकुरु ||
गंगा दि सर्वतीर्थेभ्यो नमः कलश पूजां समर्पयामि.||
6. Kalash Pooja
Kalashashya Mukhe Vishnu, kanthe rudra samaashritah.
Moole tatra sthito brahmo madhye ganaasmrutah. ||
Kukshau tu saagarssarve,sapta dvipaa vasundharaa.
Rugvedoapi Yajurvedah, samaveda hyathavarne.||
Angaishcha sahitaa sarve,kalashaambusamaashritaah.|
Atra gayatri, savitri shanty pushti kari tathaah||
Aayaantu deva poojartham,durita kshyakaarakaah |
Sarve samudraah saritaah tirthani jaladaanadaah||
Gangecha yamune chaiva,Godavari saraswati. |
Narmade sindhu kaveri,jaleysmin sannidhim kuru. ||
Gangaadi sarva tirthaabhyo namah kalash poojaam samarpayaami. |
Here we are praying the life line of the Universe, Water. While invoking Gods in the water pot, we are offering our adulation to all the Oceans, Seas and Rivers and offering it to the Supreme. We are purifying the prayer material, the Idols of Goda and our own soul with the pure waters of all rivers.